- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

INTERIOR, S.D. (AP) - Astronomy novices and experts: the Badlands National Park is waiting for you this week.

The park in western South Dakota is hosting its three-day Astronomy Festival starting Friday. The annual event is open to space science professionals, amateur astronomers, educators and the general public.

The scheduled events for this year’s festival include public stargazing activities, solar observing opportunities, planetarium shows and equipment demonstrations.

Participants will be allowed to use state-of-the-art telescopes every day while guest speakers guide them to observe planets, star clusters, solar flares and sunspots.

Organizers have also scheduled a model rocket building and launching workshop.

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Online: https://www.nps.gov/badl

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